“We, the Environment…”

Hey All –

Just to make an even deeper connection from these last few entries, I thought this excerpt from A Season in the Warrior Utopia might be relevant to the discussion.  We’ve been talking about cause and effect, karma and how our actions affect the Whole from a spiritual or philosophical perspective.  But this entry offers more of a biological or scientific perspective of how everything connects.  And we can even see how many of our dreaded “effects,” mirrored back courtesy of our wise planet, seem to be more about preservation than punishment.

This is a very dense entry, probably best absorbed when you have a few minutes to read it down in one sitting.  It’s also, I believe, one of the more eye-opening from the book because it really illustrates – again, with cold hard science – both the inherent perfection of nature and the blatant “unsustainability” of our current economic/consumption paradigm.  You may never see the planet the same way again!  (I know I didn’t…)

It is the second of two entries related to Dr. Zeus.  The first one is already posted in Week Five (“Dr. Zeus and the Global Reckoning”) and serves as an excellent prelude to this one, although it’s not necessary that you read it first.

Dig it:

Excerpt from; A Season in the Warrior Utopia by Bobby Rock

Dr. Zeus and the Enviroconomy of Life on Planet Earth

Day 48 – 6:31 PM (Krishna’s Pantry)

In the first presentation I saw, Dr. Zeus was making his point of universal interconnectedness largely from an economic perspective, with a slight environmental spin.  So today, I was looking forward to going several layers deeper to see if I could grasp an even bigger picture.  It turns out that Dr. Zeus’ office was over at The Levels, the same complex where Wren’s lab was.  So I hopped on the Rail to the East Village late this morning and made my way over to Level Seven for his observation period.

With about 35 of us gathered in his spacious presentation room, Dr. Zeus set the tone of the lecture for us.

“Everything in this three-dimensional realm – all forms of matter – is ultimately comprised of the same source energy.  So when we talk about the interconnectedness that exists between each other, all living creatures and the earth, most people are referring to the shared molecular makeup of which everything is comprised.  And, of course, this is the most foundational truth that connects us.”

“This is the whole quantum physics perspective, right?” someone asked.

“Uh…yeah…given that quantum physics deals with the science and behavior of the absolute smallest bits of matter,” Dr. Zeus replied.  “Next month, I’ll be delving off into that whole subject with a fantastic new mini-doc that we’re just finishing up.  But for today, I wanted to approach the subject of environmental interconnectedness from a broader perspective…one that’s further up the molecular totem pole, you might say.”

“We, the Environment…”

“Consider this,” Dr. Zeus said, stepping aside to show a ten-minute presentation on the big screen.  It was a fast-moving, heavily animated piece of multimedia magic that explained how our entire eco system is built around the four elements of earth, fire, water and air and the interdependent roles that the planet and all of its inhabitants play in this divinely orchestrated dance.

It showed how, several billion years ago, our planet was toxic to humans due to the extreme amounts of carbon dioxide in the air.  But then, over millions of years, as plant life flourished and photosynthesis came into play, these plants essentially began swapping out carbon dioxide for oxygen, thus setting the stage for animals (humans included) to inhabit the planet.  This plant life/oxygen connection also facilitated fire, which, as we know, cannot exist without oxygen.

From there, as living things died and rotted in the earth, their molecules ultimately comprised the very soil where all human nutrition originated; in the staggering variety of plant-based foods which are grown directly in the earth.  Additionally, as this soil became rich with life in the form of plant roots and various microorganisms (among many other things), it served as an efficient filtration system for all the water that passed through it, thus allowing us humans and other animals a clean drinking source.  The main point, as I saw it, was to understand how all of these environmental components – all of this biodiversity – make it even possible for us to live on this planet.

But the presentation didn’t rest on this point.  It went on to explore an even deeper level of interconnectedness; about how we humans are, in one sense or another, actually comprised of the elements of earth, fire, water and air.  The explanation went something like this:

Continue here: http://www.bobbyrock.com/day48

BR

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About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of seven books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. (He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford.) Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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3 Responses to “We, the Environment…”

  1. CJ Burton says:

    Bobby-

    These are truly some of the most brilliant and enlightening concepts I have personally ever come across. It seems so elementary and basic, it’s almost as though it should be “common” knowledge for all. This is the kind of thing that needs to be taught to our children and should be part of the education system in our schools. Absolutely incredible.

    Was really struck by the “economics” portion of the discussion, seems how lately I’ve really been thinking how in our own lives in these economic troubling times, and otherwise, how difficult it is for many to afford a Healthy Vegan lifestyle….even if they wanted to.

    For a world that is so conditioned to meat consumption, the healthy Vegan lifestyle has a tendency to hit those who choose it, directly in the “pocket book”. Seems to me that producing that which comes naturally from the Earth should cost much less VS. than the whole process of raising a farm animal from beginning to end. For example many Vegan products, such as Boca Burgers etc… are quite expensive compared to 1lb of beef. There are several other examples of that as well. I personally know several people in my immediate circle that claim, they would positively adopt the lifestyle, but can’t afford to do it.

    A.) Why does this lifestyle choice have a tendency to be more expensive?
    B.) Is there an economical way of eating Vegan, supporting this lifestyle, while maintaining your mortgage? 🙂

    Thanks Again Bobby. LOVE THIS!!! CJ

  2. Lisamarie says:

    TOTALLY agree CJ! But one thing is, sadly, the government basically works for and caters to the animal “using”/abusing industries and thereby subsidizes these reckless industries–they’re basically in a “scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” type of a deal, and the same with the medical and drug companies as well. They’re all in this thing called the meat-medical-drug-military complex, or something to that effect where they really basically all intertwine together–they look out for “big boys” with the big money.
    Therefore, the foods that TRULY contribute to good, natural health go unnoticed because keeping people healthy isn’t “where the money is”, sadly.
    You can read more about the complex I mentioned in Will Tuttle’s “The World Peace Diet”, which goes into some pretty deep stuff too, spiritually as well as ethics and scientifically and from a health standpoint.
    However there are ways to live frugally on a vegan diet; just do a Google search and that should turn up some ideas/suggestions if you’re interested.
    Have a good day, CJ and everyone! 🙂

  3. Bobby Rock says:

    Hey Gang –

    In beautiful Greensboro, NC tonight, but wanted to respond real quick. (And thanks for all the positive comments here lately…)

    Indeed, as Lisamarie implies, there’s no getting around the fact that the meat industry is HEAVILY subsidized by government. It has to be for the products to be even remotely affordable. I mean, if it takes 4 pounds of grain fed to a cow to produce a quarter-pound of beef, you have to ask what all goes into producing that 4 pounds of grain…PLUS, all the expenses inherent to raising, housing, feeding, transporting, and killing the cow, then “processing” and distributing the meat. In fact, I’ve seen reliable estimates that the actual “hard costs” value of a quarter-pound of beef is a staggering $22.50! So – indeed – there’s some serious reciprocal relations going on.

    As for doing the HEALTHY vegan diet on a budget, yes, there are a number of tricks of the trade and various ways to be thrifty. Will it be as cheap as the typical shitty American diet? Probably not. But, like anything else, you have to consider the quality issue. Organic fruits and veggies, for example, simply cost more to produce, as does whole grain products (where the nutrients and fiber have actually been left intact!) You can go buy a hamburger for next to nothing nowadays…but you’re also getting “next to nothing” in the way of any real nutrients.

    Additionally, you have to remember the “pay now or pay later” philosophy. If you decide not to “pay now” and take care of yourself with some healthy food and a few key supplements, you will no doubt “pay later” in the form of medical care and all the ways that compromised health and energy levels affect your productivity levels (which affects your pocketbook). So while it might be painful on the short-term to part with the extra dough, it is an investment in your long-term health and wellness.

    Having said this – yes – there are ways to keep costs down as you eat healthier. More on that ASAP…

    BR

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